Police report decrease in tickets issued at Unofficial St. Patrick's Day

CHAMPAIGN — After spending five days looking at reports, police have determined that 210 tickets were issued during last Friday’s Unofficial St. Patrick’s Day, a decrease from 310 tickets issued a year ago.

Champaign police released the statistics late Wednesday afternoon for the March 1 Unofficial event.

Nearly half of the tickets, 104, were issued for minors in possession, a decrease from 177 a year ago.

Another 65 tickets were issued for public possession, down from 87 a year ago.

In addition to the tickets, police spokeswoman Rene Dunn said, 33 people were arrested, 31 of whom were taken to the county jail. The other two were given notices to appear.

Dunn said that 21 of those arrested were for violating the social host laws for allowing their residences to be used for underage drinking.

Champaign police listed 96 of those ticketed or arrested as affiliated with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dunn credited the Champaign Community Coalition’s “Walk as One” event’s distribution of safety information, the UI’s educational awareness campaign, the distribution of safety information to tenants, the use of social media by local police departments and inclement weather for the decrease in the number of tickets issued this year.

Champaign police said there was an increase in medical calls this year. Ambulances were called 26 times, compared with 22 times in 2012, and 16 people were transported to the hospital, compared with 14 taken to the hospital a year ago.

Carle Foundation Hospital reported 15 walk-ins this year, compared with one in 2012.

In addition, the Champaign and Urbana police departments checked liquor licensees for underage compliance with the Illinois Liquor Control Commission and state police on Thursday and with the Illinois Department of Revenue’s Criminal Investigation Unit on Friday.

Of 81 licensees checked on Thursday, six sold alcohol to underage participants.

Of 58 licensees checked on Friday, two sold alcohol to underage participants.

Champaign police reported that eight local businesses were also cited during Unofficial, including:

— Kam’s, 618 E. Daniel St., for illegally transferring 19 cases of liquor and violating “happy hour” laws.

— Joe’s Brewery, 706 S. 5th St., for selling pre-mix liquor without proper labeling and for failing to destroy pre-mix liquor weekly.

— White Horse Inn, 510 E. John St., for advertising “happy hour” law violations, for selling alcohol to another retailer and for violating the mayor’s emergency orders by selling glass bottled beer.

— Red Lion, 211 E. Green St., for violating the “happy hour” law by selling multiple drinks to individuals.

— Radio Maria, 119 N. Walnut St., for selling pre-mix liquor without proper labeling and for failing to destroy pre-mix liquor weekly.

— Esquire Lounge, 106 N. Walnut St., for offering unlabeled liquor and pre-mix without proper labeling.

— Emerald City Lounge, 118 N. First St., for offering unlabeled liquor and pre-mix without proper labeling.

— The Clybourne, 706 S. Sixth St., for violating the mayor’s emergency orders by selling glass-bottled beer.

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Sid Saltfork wrote on March 06, 2013 at 10:03 pm

The Champaign Liquor Commissioner will talk to those bar owners who violated the Champaign Mayor's emergency orders.  They will understand that he means business.  They are probably buying extra envelopes now.

cuvoter wrote on March 06, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Glad to see the police cracking down on the esquire and radio maria for flouting the law and selling pineapple infused vodka on the same weekend a bunch of college kids decide to get extra drunk. Bravo sirs, bravo. 

Orbiter wrote on March 07, 2013 at 6:03 am

Haven't these downtown establishments been selling fruit infusions for quite some time?  Years and years, I think. So they didn't really do something to specifically coincide with the silly "unofficial" events on campus.  Instead, it seems rather like the authorities couldn't meet their quota of violations on campus this year, so they went farther afield, citing responsible businesses with violations of arcane laws, to try to justify their own salaries.

cuvoter wrote on March 07, 2013 at 4:03 pm

ding ding ding. correct

outoftownie wrote on March 07, 2013 at 12:03 am

Aren't we about ready to officially move past Unofficial? It is like celebrating Christmas on Reading Day because retailers in the area would be afraid of missing out on revenue from all the students being away.

(Oh wait, maybe I should not have said that.....)

aantulov wrote on March 07, 2013 at 6:03 am

Why did the Mayor wait until a week before the event to issue any directives to these establishments as to what the rules were? Emergency orders?  Like this was a surprise?

Punishment for not cooperating with his agenda or looking for easy targets to point to so no one would notice.....

Rather odd there is not one listing of rape in these figures.  

That does not mean that none occured, does it?  

Not to mention behavior that results hopefully in an adoption.

Making money is more important than....